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UPCOMING CONCERTS in Michigan 2017
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Music Festivals, Music Events in Michigan 2017
January 6-7, 2017 (fri-sat) Anti-Freeze Blues Festival at the Magic Bag in Ferndale, MI. annual event, part of proceeds benefits the Detroit Blues Society. www.themagicbag.com
January 14, 2017 (sat) Secret Friends Fest 4 music festival at The Loving Touch in Ferndale, MI. approx 8 performances, annual event. facebook
January 19-21, 2017 (thu-sat) Annual Michigan Music Conference (MMC) in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). Conference provides an annual in-service opportunity for the professional development of Michigan music educators and to serve as a coordinating body for collaborative, inter-association initiatives in support of school music in Michigan. www.michiganmusicconference.org
January 20-22, 2017 (fri-sun) Music at Meridian Winter Blast in Detroit at Campus Martius Park. Multiple stages, approx 50 local live music acts and electronic music djs, lineup will be listed on website. Plus Big Snow Slide, ice maze, ice skating, ice bar, food trucks, more. www.winterblast.com
January 27-28, 2017 (fri-sat) Ann Arbor Folk Festival – at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, MI. The Ark's largest annual fundraising event features traditional and contemporary artists, popular and new talent. theark.org
January 27 to February 4, 2017 Ferndale Blues & Music Festival in Ferndale, MI (just north of Detroit). annual festival averages about 60 concerts over nine days at over 20 venues throughout downtown Ferndale. proceeds go to local charities. www.ferndalebluesfestival.org
February 9-12, 2017 (thu-sun) Sphinx Competition and Finals Concert in Detroit. annual event for Black and Latino classical string players. www.sphinxmusic.org
February 3-4, 2017 (fri-sat) Cooper's Glen Music Festival in Kalamazoo, MI (West Michigan) at The Radisson Plaza Hotel. www.greatlakesacoustic.org – annual event presented by GLAMA (Great Lakes Acoustic Music Association) features grassroots and acoustic performers, plus workshops and family activities.
February 11, 2017 (sat) Microbrew & Music Festival - Winter in Traverse City, MI. annual event features lots of musicians, breweries and craft brew flavors, food vendors. microbrewandmusic.com
March 2-5, 2017 (thu-sun) Hamtramck Music Festival in Hamtramck, MI (inside Detroit). approx 150 music acts perform at 16 venues, most within walking distance of each other. Annual event goes back to the original vibe and feel of the Metro Times Blowout. It's a bar hoppin', venue hoppin', local live music good time! hamtramckmusicfestival.com facebook
March 3-4, 2017 (fri-sat) Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival in Kalamazoo, MI. Annual free event invites visitors to meet instrument designers, attend workshops, and hear live performances.” www.fretboardfestival.com facebook
March 4, 2017 (sat) William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition - Winds & Brass in Flint, MI. “Young artists compete for $8,500 plus a contract to perform with the Flint Symphony Orchestra. each year features a different category.” www.byrdartists.com
March 11, 2017 (sat) 11th Annual Motor City Blues Festival at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, jazz and blues musicians. www.olympiaentertainment.com/...blues-festival
March 24, 2017 (fri) The Dick Wagner
April 15, 2017 (sat) Record Store Day 2017 – annual celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned real, live, physical, indie record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally. 3rd Saturday every April. www.recordstoreday.com Michigan Record Stores
TBA 2017 (sat) Jake's Music Festival annual benefit concert in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan), held at the Wealthy Theatre. Annual benefit concert for the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). www.jakesmusicfestival.com
TBA 2017 (wed) Review Music Awards Ceremony & Celebration in Bay City, MI (East/Mid Michigan). annual, honors Great Lakes Bay area musicians, over 70 categories of music and genres, selected and voted upon by registered voters of Review Magazine. review-mag.com facebook
April 21, 2017 (fri) Detroit Music Awards in Detroit at The Fillmore Detroit. public event, VIP RSVP's available. It's a big time annual Awards Ceremony & Show put on by the Detroit Music Awards Foundation (DMAF). This night is all about meeting, congratulating, and celebrating our incredibly talented local musicians in grand style! Features award presentations and live performances. www.detroitmusicawards.net facebook
April 27-29, 2017 (thu-sat) North American International Banjo Convention NAIBC – at the Doubletree Hotel in Dearborn, MI. www.naibc.org
TBA 2017 (sat) Foxfest at the The Tangent Gallery in Detroit. Music and Art Festival that features rock and acoustic women musicians and benefits local women's shelters. It is open to both women and men. facebook
TBA 2017 Gilmore Keyboard Festival in west Michigan. held every other year. “two weeks of astonishing keyboard performances across West Michigan, a festival that celebrates the joy and power of music in concerts, recitals, chamber music performances, lectures, master classes, and film.” www.gilmorekeyboardfestival.org
May 20, 2017 (sat) Annual BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass: A Taste of Michigan in St. Joseph, MI. Jonny Lang headlines music lineup. Noon to 9 pm, bring your lawn chairs, BBQ & craft beers served. www.stjoetoday.com/...bbq-blues-and-bluegrass
May 26-28, 2017 (fri-sun) Traditional Arts Weekend in Remus, MI, on Wheatland Music Festival grounds. Annual, over 80 workshops in traditional forms of dance, music, crafts, vocal and instrument instruction, plus performances and dances. www.wheatlandmusic.org/traditional-arts-weekend
May 27, 2017 (sat) Bled Fest in Howell, MI. Annual event showcases a diverse range of musical talent in many genres. bledfest.com
May 27-29, 2017 (sat-mon) Movement - Electronic Music Festival in Detroit at Hart Plaza. annual event, international and local electronic and EDM (electronic dance music) on multiple stages. movement.us facebook
June 1-3, 2017 (thu-sat) Fuzz Fest 4 – at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor. Michigan Rock 'N' Roll music in all it's various forms, approx 30 bands. facebook
June 8-11, 2017 (thu-sun) Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival in Frankenmuth, MI (Mid Michigan). Bavarian style music, German dancers, food, beer, Bavarian Parade, carnival midway, more. bavarianfestival.org
June 9-11, 2017 (fri-sun) Noreast'r Music & Art Festival in Mio, MI (southeast of Gaylord). annual, has eclectic music and art, food, dancing, camping, jamming. 3 stages, continuous music morning to night. “National, regional, and Michigan acts, blues to bluegrass, country to new age, jam bands, old-time, Celtic, folk, a little rock” noreastr.net facebook
TBA 2017 Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival – two weeks and a new theme each June, a contingent of the world’s finest chamber musicians perform in Metro Detroit. www.greatlakeschambermusic.com facebook
TBA 2017 (thu-sat) Kalamazoo Island Fest at Mayor's Riverfront Park in Kalamazoo (West MI). annual, Reggae music includes “international, national, regional, and local talent and is the largest celebration of the Caribbean culture in Michigan.” islandfestkzoo.com + facebook
TBA 2017 (fri-sun) Motor City Irish Fest (MCIF) at Greenmead in Livonia, MI, corner of Newburgh & 8 Mile. Bands, Irish Dance groups, Pipe and drum bands, Irish food and more. motorcityirishfest.com facebook
TBA 2017 (fri-sun) Music at Belleville National Strawberry Festival in Belleville, MI (west of Detroit). annual, 3 stages of live entertainment, local bands and artists, plus
TBA 2017 (fri-sun) Backpack Music Festival on Belle Isle, Detroit. annual fundraiser for Detroit area children in need of school supplies. www.backpackmusicfestival.net
June 17, 2017 (sat) Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival in Brethren, MI (northwest lower peninsula). 38th Annual in 2015. www.spiritofthewoods.org/festival.html
June 22-25, 2017 (thu-sun) Electric Forest annual outdoor music festival in Rothbury, MI, at the Double JJ Ranch. about 90 local and national music acts, many music genres. camping available. www.electricforestfestival.com facebook
TBA 2017 (fri-sat) JuneGrass Bluegrass Music Festival in Lowell, MI (West Michigan). Band Scramble, Workshops, 50/50 Drawings, guitar raffle, plenty of jamming, camping available. www.wmbma.org
June 26 - July 4, 2016 Corktown Strut festival in Corktown Detroit. Music arts food, more than 60 music performers in about 16 venues, food from neighborhood restaurants. www.corktownstrut.com facebook twitter
June 29 - July 2, 2017 (thu-sun) Electric Forest (2nd weekend) outdoor music festival in Rothbury, MI. about 90 local and national music acts, many music genres. camping available. www.electricforestfestival.com facebook
TBA 2017 (thu-sun) Stars and Stripes Festival – previously held at Freedom Hill, moving to new location, maybe in Oakland County. Music performances by national and local bands, plus art, carnival rides, fireworks, more. funfestevents.net/stars-stripes-festival facebook
July 1-8, 2017 (sat-sat) Music at National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, MI (northwest lower peninsula), features performances by nationally known headliners. www.cherryfestival.org
July 6-9, 2017 (thu-sun) Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing, MI. annual event features national musical performers on two main stages each night. Headline shows will spotlight numerous contemporary musical formats. A variety of local, regional and other national performers on other stages provide non-stop music throughout the Festival. www.commongroundfest.com
July 7-8, 2017 (fri-sat) Michigan Elvisfest in Ypsilanti. annual, one of the largest Elvisfest Concerts in North America. This not a contest but a true concert with spectacular performances by the best professional Elvis Tribute Artists in North America. www.mielvisfest.org facebook
July 7-9, 2017 (fri-sun) Blissfest in Harbor Springs, MI (northwest tip of lower peninsula). Annual celebration of music, culture, art and community featuring diverse and innovative folk and roots music, world music, and dance. All ages event also has a juried arts and crafts show. www.blissfest.org
July 7-9, 2017 (fri-sun) Music at American Polish Festival & Craft Show at the American-Polish Century Club in Sterling Heights, MI (north of Detroit). Live Polka Music, dancing and dancers, Polish/American Cuisine, more. Annually draws thousands of people. www.americanpolishfestival.com
TBA 2017 (thu-sun) Uncle Sam Jam in Woodhaven, MI (Downriver, south of Detroit), at Civic Center Park. Annual, features Free concerts all weekend, plus Carnival rides and games, Firework Display, much more. funfestevents.net/uncle-sam-jam facebook
TBA 2017 (thu-sat) Kalamazoo Blues Festival (KBF) in Kalamazoo, MI (West Michigan). annual, held at the Arcadia Festival Site. approx 20+ acts, national and regional talent. kalamazoobluesfestival.com facebook
July 13-15, 2017 (thur-sat) Music at River Raisin Festival in Blissfield, MI. annual. www.blissfield.net
July 16, 2017 (sun) Michigan Jazz Festival in Livonia at Schoolcraft College (west of Detroit). annual event the 3rd Sunday in July features lots of great straight ahead jazz, no smooth or crossover stuff. www.michiganjazzfestival.org facebook
TBA 2017 (thu-sun) Concert of Colors annual Diversity Festival in Midtown Detroit. Free Admission, 2016 features Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue plus a showcase of Detroit's 50 Greatest Songs. www.concertofcolors.com arabamericanmuseum.org
TBA 2017 (fri-sat) Crash Detroit - Festival of Street Bands and Art at various locations in Detroit. crashdetroit.org
TBA Traverse City Music Festival in Traverse City, MI. facebook
TBA The Hustle Load Music Festival in Flint, MI. facebook
July 20-22, 2017 (thu-sat) Beaver Island Music Festival (BIMF) on Beaver Island, near Charlevoix. annual, promotes variety and tradition of all music and art. camping available. www.beaverislandmusicfestival.com
July 21-23, 2017 (fri-sun) Faster Horses Festival annual country music festival and camping at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI. 2016 features Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich, Wynonna & The Big Noise, Jason Aldean, Travis Tritt, Gary Allan, more. fasterhorsesfestival.com facebook
TBA 2017 (fri-sun) Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival in Marquette, MI (U.P.). annual, “features traditional-music styles that include bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, Celtic, acoustic blues and folk, including singer/songwriter, and dance.” Nationally known, regional and local performers. hiawathamusic.org
TBA 2017 (sat-sun) AquaPalooza on Lake St. Clair, MI. “the largest on-the-water concert held on Lake St. Clair. Held off the shores of Belle Maer Harbor, event is accessible by water only.” www.colonymarineaquapalooza.com www.colonymarine.net
TBA 2017 (thu-sat) Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair in Sterling Heights, MI (just north of Detroit). annual, has “Arts & Crafts Fair, a variety of music including jazz, blues, folk and Top 40 entertainment, family midway, more.” www.sterling-heights.net facebook
TBA 2017 (fri-sun) Music at St. Clair Riverfest in St. Clair, MI (northeast of Detroit). annual, Free Admission, combines Offshore Boat Racing with National Recording artists and draws over 100,000 visitors annually. stclairriverfest.com
July 23-29, 2017 (sun-sat) Marshall Bluegrass Festival in Marshall, MI, at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds. annual,
July 27-29, 2017 (thur-sat) Sounds & Sights Festival in Chelsea, MI. Annual event features live music, social tent, indie art market, classic car show, kidzone, more. chelseafestivals.com/festival
August 4-6, 2017 (fri-sun) Brighton Fine Art & Acoustic Music Festival in Brighton, MI. www.brightoncoc.org/festivals-farmers-market
TBA 2017 (fri-sat) Port Sanilac Blues Festival in Port Sanilac, MI. www.portsanilac.net/festivals-and-events
TBA 2017 (sat) Memphis Blues Festival Michigan in Memphis, MI (about an hour's drive northeast of Detroit). Annual, Free Admission, approximately 12 blues performers. facebook
TBA 2017 Detroit Black Music Awards (DBMA) in Detroit. motownalumniassociation.webstarts.com/dbma_polls.html facebook
TBA 2017 (thu-sun) River Raisin Jazz Festival in Monroe, MI (lower Southeast MI) at St. Mary's Park. annual, “one of the Great Lakes Region's largest & best FREE Jazz festivals, more than 50,00 visitors in attendance each year.” www.riverraisinjazzfestival.org facebook
August 10-12 & August 17-19, 2017 (thu-sat) Frankenmuth Summer Music Fest in Frankenmuth (Mid-MI). annual, two weekends, 6 days of music events featuring about 14 of the nations top polka bands. www.frankenmuth.org/festivals facebook
August 10-13, 2017 (thu-sun) Farmfest in Johannesburg (northern lower peninsula). Annual with Michigan folk-spirited acts, traditional folk and bluegrass to modern reggae and folk-flavored rock'n'roll. Bring your instruments if you want to jam. www.farm-fest.com
August 11-13, 2017 (fri-sun) Great Lakes Folk Festival (GLFF) in East Lansing, MI. annual, “a mix of music and dance stages, demonstrations of traditional arts and storytelling, authentic ethnic food, an arts marketplace, and many special activities for kids and their companions.” www.greatlakesfolkfest.net
August 11-13, 2017 (fri-sun) Music at Milford Memories Summer Festival in Milford, MI (northwest of Detroit). annual, live music entertainment and lots of events, over 200,000 attendees. www.milfordmemories.com
TBA 2017 (fri-sat) Cowpie Music Festival at Shagbark Farm in Alaska, MI. annual, lots of bands and musicians, multiple music genres, plus campsites, vendors, 5K Run, more. www.cowpiemusicfestival.com facebook
TBA 2017 Cheeseburger in Caseville (Caseville is in Michigan's thumb). annual 10 days festival celebrates the lifestyle and music made popular by Jimmy Buffett. Carnival, Parade of Tropical Fools, Caribbean Street Dance, Live Entertainment, Vintage Motorcycle Show, Classic Car Show, Craft Show, Beautiful Baby Contest, Lots of Cheeseburgers, more. www.cheeseburgerincasevillefest.com www.casevillechamber.net/ facebook
TBA 2017 (fri-sun) Grand Marais Music and Arts Festival in Grand Marais, MI, in the U.P. (upper peninsula). Music, food, crafts. Annual event with bluegrass, blues, classic rock, Americana, rockabilly, jazz/rock, acoustic, more. on-site camping available. grandmaraismichigan.com facebook
TBA 2017 (sat-sun) Music Fest 4 Vets music festival in Metro Detroit, Proceeds go to U.S. Veterans in need. Public, all ages, variety live entertainment. Annually about 100 Musicians donate performances in support of Veterans! MusicFest4Vets.org facebook twitter
August 17-19, 2017 (thu-sat) Square Dance Convention at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Detroit-Dearborn in Detroit. annual. www.squaredance-michigan.com/convention
August 18-20, 2017 (fri-sun) Hoxeyville Music Festival in Wellston, MI. annual, set on 85+ acres of pristine farmland and surrounded by natural hardwoods within the Manistee National Forest. Bluegrass and roots music, two stages featuring national touring artists and Michigan talent. www.hoxeyville.com facebook
TBA 2017 (sat) Roots Music Festival on Harsens Island in east Michigan. facebook
TBA 2017 (thu-sun) Midland Folk Music Festival in Midland, MI (Mid Michigan) at the Midland County Fairgrounds. A gathering of traditional folk musicians from all levels of play, folk enthusiasts, traditional dancers. “Join in the fun as we play, laugh, learn, listen, camp, perform, dance, sing, teach, learn, buy, trade and sell! Lots of jamming and open stage opportunities.” www.folkmusicsociety.org/p/folk-festival.html
TBA 2017 (fri-sat) Microbrew & Music Festival in Traverse City, MI. annual, lots of musicians, many breweries, craft brew flavors, food vendors. microbrewandmusic.com
August 25-27, 2017 (fri-sun) Porcupine Mountains Music Festival in the U.P. (upper peninsula) in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Annual festival features “folk, blues, bluegrass and contemporary music from top-class nationally touring artists as well as up and coming Michigan artists. Over 30 artists, outdoor stages.” www.porkiesfestival.org facebook
TBA 2017 (fri-sun) Sun Dried Music Festival in Mason, MI (near Lansing). Annual, free Admission, a variety of musical performances from rock, jazz, blues, latin jazz, salsa, and country. www.masondda.com/sundried facebook
TBA 2017 (fri-sun) Music at Ypsilanti Heritage Festival at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti, MI (west of Detroit). Free Admission, 4 stages, approx 24 bands. Also has Beer Garden, arts and crafts, food, more. www.ypsilantiheritagefestival.com facebook
TBA 2017 (sat) Great Lakes Gathering - Irish Festival at First Merit Bank Event Park in Saginaw, MI. Irish music and cultural festival. www.greatlakesgathering.com
TBA 2017 (sat) FOXFEST Music & Art Festival at The Tangent Gallery/Hastings St. Ballroom in Detroit. Female-fronted Detroit rock bands and women artists, proceeds benefit local women's groups. info: 313-886-7860
September 1-4, 2017 (fri-mon) Arts, Beats & Eats (Ford Arts, Beats & Eats) in Royal Oak, MI (just north of Detroit). annual summer festival celebrating art, music, cuisine and humanity. More than 200 performances on ten stages, a highly ranked Juried Fine Arts Show, local restaurants, plus international, regional and local attractions.” www.artsbeatseats.com facebook
TBA 2017 (fri-sun) Marquette Area Blues Fest in Marquette, MI (U.P., upper peninsula). – Annual Blues Festival includes main performances, music workshops, dance workshops, festival after party. marquetteareabluessociety.org/
TBA 2017 (sat) Thumbfest - Acoustic Music Festival in Lexington, MI (in Michigan's Thumb). annual, free Admission, a wide range of acoustic music. There are workshops, jam sites, dance hall, song circles, children's stage area, crafts and a Hootenanny. Bring your instrument, lawn chairs and singing voice. www.bluewaterfolksociety.org facebook
TBA 2017 (sat-mon) Music at Hamtramck Labor Day Festival in Hamtramck, MI. annual, live music on three stages. Event also has Carnival, beer, food tents, and Polish Day Parade. hamtownfest.com facebook
September 8-9, 2017 (fri-sat) Brighton's Smokin' Jazz & Barbecue Blues Festival in Brighton, MI (northwest of Detroit). annual, Free Admission. “Each year, thousands of people experience the tastiest of barbecue, the smoothest of jazz and the bluest of blues, washing it all down with ice cold beverages from the beer and wine garden!” www.brightonsmokinjazz.com facebook
September 8-10, 2017 (fri-sun) Wheatland Music Festival in Remus, MI (Mid Michigan). annual, 160-acre festival site, impromptu jam sessions, instrument and dance workshops, juried arts and crafts show, children's activities, teen and young adult activities, more. www.wheatlandmusic.org
September 14-17, 2017 (fri-sun) Michigan Irish Music Festival in Muskegon (West Michigan). annual, live music, 3 stages, an Irish Pub, Market vendors, cultural activities, more. www.michiganirish.org facebook
September 16-17, 2016 (fri-sat) FallFest Camp & Jam (Bluegrass) in Lowell, MI (west Michigan) at the Kent County Fairgrounds. annual, Free Admission, band scramble, workshops, more. camping available. www.wmbma.org
September 23-24, 2016 (fri-sat) Music at Oktoberfest West Michigan in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). “Annual celebration of German heritage & traditions featuring German music, beers, food, more. www.oktoberfestwestmichigan.com
October 2, 2016 (sat) Annual Michigan State Championship Old-Time Fiddlers Contest in New Boston, MI (southwest of Detroit). Contestants must play a waltz, a schottische, a jig and a reel in a manner suitable to Michigan old-time dancing. Contest is part of the Huron Township Applefest. huronapplefest.com/fiddlers-contest
October 8, 2016 (sat) Annual WHFR Record Show at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, MI. WHFR 89.3 FM record show features wide variety of vendors selling vinyl, cds, tapes, videos, movies, music memorabilia, more. Plus there will be door prizes, give-aways and more. www.whfr.fm/recordshow
October 13-16, 2016 (thu-sun) Mackinac Island Songwriterʼs Workshop on Mackinac Island, MI. Sharpening and adding to your skills not only as a songwriter, but also the marketing/promotion of your songs, recording, and basic musical arranging knowledge. www.mackinacislandsongwritersworkshop.org
October 19-22, 2016 (wed-sat) Detroit BMI Singer Songwriter Series at Hockeytown Cafe, Hard Rock Cafe, Detroit Institute of Music Education, Fox Theatre. Acoustic performances by Uncle Kracker, Hunter Hayes, LoCash, Joe Nichols, and more. www.olympiaentertainment.com detroit.cbslocal.com
October 21-22, 2016 (fri-sat) Big Country Fest in Frankenmuth, MI. annual, indoors. Bands, Beer, Mixed Drinks, Mechanical Bull, BBQ, Line Dancing, more. www.bigcountryfest.com
October 26-29, 2016 (wed-sat) Edgefest 20th Annual in Ann Arbor, MI. annual Jazz and Creative Music festival takes place at several venues. Edgefest reaches out beyond the concert hall with Fringe at the Edge performances, public discussions, workshops and school residencies. www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/...edgefest
October 30, 2016 (sun) Detroit Blues Challenge Finals – at Callahan's in Auburn Hills, MI. Detroit Blues Society annual competition, winners representing Detroit Area go to the IBC (International Blues Challenge) in Memphis, TN. www.detroitbluessociety.org 2016 facebook IBC info
TBA 2017 Fall Metal Fest at Diesel Concert Lounge in Chesterfield, MI (northeast of Detroit). Annual, approx 20 bands, ages 18+. www.dieselconcerts.com
November 3-13, 2016 Lamb's Retreat for Songwriters in Harbor Springs (northwest tip of lower peninsula). Annual event presented by Springfed Arts, retreat is open to all songwriters, their friends and family. Write a song, inspirational talk/presentations, discussions on craft/creative process, open mic/song swaps, one on one sessions, food. www.springfed.org
November 5, 2016 (sat) Handgrenades
November 12, 2016 (sat) Dueling Tribute Concert: Bob Seger vs Bruce Springsteen at 59West in Highland, MI. Tributesville event features retired WCSX personality John O'Leary as master of ceremonies and the dueling tribute bands: Lookin' Back and The Boss Revue. Halftime show features impersonators of Stevie Nicks and Ronnie James Dio. www.neptix.com tributesville.com facebook
November 12, 2016 (sat) Echo Fest at Magic Stick in Detroit. psychedelic, experimental, and stoner rock. facebook
November 15, 2016 (tue) DMAF 2017 Kick-Off Networking Event at Greektown Casino Hotel in Detroit. Detroit Music Awards Foundation annual kick-off party & networking event, and announcing date of the 2017 Awards. facebook
November 27, 2016 (sun) Thornetta Davis
December 3, 2016 (sat) Annual Noel Night in Midtown Detroit. Horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts, performances by local music, theatre, and dance groups. Festivities culminate with a community sing-along. midtowndetroitinc.org
December 3, 2016 (sat) Rockin' For A Match Concert and Bone Marrow Drive at Patrick J's Irish Pub in Berkley, MI. Blood cancers awareness event features music performances. www.rockinforamatch.org facebook
December 4, 2016 (sun) Rock 4 Tots - No Child Without A Christmas at Rayz in Clinton Township, MI. annual event. www.rock4tots.org facebook – About 24 bands/musicians, proceeds benefit The Clinton Township Goodfellows
December 16, 2016 (fri) Home for the Holidaze at Cadieux Cafe in Detroit. Static's Songwriter Showcase & Charity Drive annual event. www.cadieuxcafe.com
December 25, 2016 (sunday) Christmas –
December 31, 2016 (saturday night) New Year's Eve Parties throughout all Michigan. Enjoy Great Music Entertainment!
CONCERT SERIES AND MUSIC SERIES throughout Michigan
Rockin' on the Riverfront Summer Concerts – Detroit, MI – Annual, Free Admission classic rock concerts at the GM Riverfront Plaza (back of GM Renaissance Center) in Downtown Detroit, a collaboration with WCSX.
Sonic Lunch - Ann Arbor, MI – annual. Bank of Ann Arbor's Sonic Lunch is a Free outdoor summer concert series at Liberty Plaza on Thursdays at lunch time from June to August.
New Center Park Concerts and Music Nights – Detroit, MI – annual. June to September. Some events are free, some charge admission.
Chene Park Jazz Series – Detroit, MI – June 11 to August 13, 2014. Rain or shine, all patrons require a ticket.
Friday Night Concert Series – Northville, MI – All Concerts are Free. annual, end of May to end of August.
Music in the Parks - Flint, MI – Annual. Four Free Concerts in July and August.
White Crow Conservatory of Music Concert Series - Saginaw, MI – It also has workshops, festivals and special events throughout the year.
Manitou Music Festival (MMF) Concert Series - Leelanau County – Annual in July and August, in the Northwest Lower Peninsula. various types of music.
Ten Pound Fiddle Concert and Dance Series – Lansing, MI – contra and square dances, all are taught, callers call out the moves to a live band.
Bach Festival of Kalamazoo Concert Series – in Kalamazoo (Southwest MI). Annual, in or near April.
MAMA's Coffee House Concert Series – Bloomfield Hills, MI – Winter/Spring and Fall series. It's a nonprofit organization and a production of Michigan Acoustic Musicians Alliance (MAMA) and Birmingham Unitarian Church.
Music in the Park Summer Concert Series - Mackinac Island, MI – annual. June to August. Concerts are free, presented by the Mackinac Arts Council.
Find More Music Events in MichiganFusion Shows – in Michigan at venues from Detroit to Grand Rapids. Shows feature local and regional independent music artists, various genres.
Detroit Area Blues Events – throughout the year. one continually updated page of event dates, location, artists, and contact info listed by the Detroit Blues Society (DBS). also see DBS Official Events.
Detroit Blues Society Youth Challenge – annual, bands/musicians must be under 21 in age. Winning act moves on to represent Detroit at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) Youth Showcase in Memphis, TN. details
Michigan Festival Schedule – continually updated list with event links, dates.
Metro Times – List of Music Events – in metro Detroit. performers, events at bars and venues. searchable.
Playing Here – Michigan – local music calendar arranged by city & venue on playinghere.com
Flint Area and Genesee County Music Events – list includes dates, descriptions, event links.
U.P.Bands.com – their list of festivals includes all of the upper peninsula and northern Wisconson.
Fusicology Detroit Events – underground, house, freestyle, soul ...
Frankenmuth Festivals – in Frankenmuth (Mid-MI).
Cranbrook Music Guild – in Bloomfield Hills, MI. classical/chamber music events.
JAM NIGHTS and OPEN MIC
Jazz Events and Jams in Mid Michigan – listed by the Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan (JAMM).
Open Jam Nights Facebook Group – Metro Detroit and Michigan – “Local Places where Musicians and anyone can go to and Listen or Participate in and Show their Talent or just wanna cut loose and meet new friends who love to do the same.”
Open Mic Nights – Michigan – listed on openmikes.org
Acoustic Jam Night at Coopersville Farm Museum and Event Center – First and Third Tuesday of every month, year round, for beginner and experienced alike. It has become a community gathering with upwards of 35 Michigan musicians playing at any given time, a mix of old gospel, country, bluegrass, and folk music. Cost is $4 each (kids 12 & under are free).
Submissions for Music Events in Michigan
Except for specific submission pages below, if you want to perform at events listed on this page, visit event websites for application/submission pages or to contact them directly to get details on who books their entertainment.
Music Fest 4 Vets Music and Entertainment Submissions – mainstream variety music and entertainment. Donate a performance to support U.S. Veterans in need. No submission fee, annual summer event in Metro Detroit.
Arts, Beats & Eats – submissions start in February. annually has over 200 music performances on ten stages.
Stars & Stripes Festival, Uncle Sam Jam, St. Clair Riverfest, Harley Fest, Rocking on the Riverfront Concert Series, Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, Opening Act slots at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre. click → Band Submission Page at FunFest Productions Inc. – starting mid-February.
WYCD Detroit Downtown Hoedown Local Band Submission - country music fest, submissions usually accepted starting in February.
Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair – Musical Act submissions usually start in September for the next year.
Hamtramck Music Festival – Michigan bands musicians only.
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